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    In his article What business can learn from Open Source (found via Nómada), makes the case for amateurs (which loosely translated would mean lovers) being better workers than, well, workers or professionals.
    I can't fully agree with this. You can't extract from where there's nothing. A brilliant person can do good stuff for a fee, or as a personal project. A dumb person will not. And some kind of people are better, and feel more comfortable, when they have a well-structured schedule ahead of them, that when they have to think for free.
    Besides, there are things that just need to be done. Nobody wants to write a better spreadsheet, but it just needs to be done.

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    De: BioMaxi Fecha: 2005-08-12 18:22

    How do you define a "good worker"? Productivity? Ability to focus on the work? Dedication/motivation?
    By any of those, you will find that people who do the job just because doing it is pleasurable for them will do it better than people who do it for the revenue (if they get paid for time and not for production, as it is). Besides, aficionados/amateurs can have the skills and knowledge of pro's; it's just that they don't charge.



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    De: JJ Fecha: 2005-08-16 09:16

    In this case, I think it's productivity. However, I think that good professionals are good at whatever they're paid for. Being only good at what you're not paid for is kind of autistic.



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    De: BioMaxi Fecha: 2005-08-19 10:42

    No, no, no. It just means that you are BETTER at whatever you love. It doesn't mean that you are BAD at everything else. What it means is that if you are a boss and you want to increase productivity, you should a) hire highly enthusiastic people (i.e, show great love for the job to do) b) try to increase the motivation of your workers (i.e, give them rewards, better facilities for their needs --kindergarten, parking lots, coffee machines, free candy, whatever-- etc)



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    De: JJ Fecha: 2005-08-19 16:30

    Yep, of course, that too. But there are things that need to be done. Nobody would take as a personal project to debug somebody else's code, for instance.



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